Forming part of the highest lying vineyards in SA, the oldest farm in the Cederberg Mountains has been home to the Du Toit family for five generations. Vineyards were planted about ten years ago, and their first wine was made in 2009. Renowned viticulturist, winemaker and neighbour Dawid Nieuwoudt of Cederberg Wines does the vinification for the Du Toits. Since the first vintage, they have been acknowledged as top quality wines. This Shiraz is just like a Crozes-Hermitage or Hermitage from the Rhone Valley, which are known for their big spicy bouquets, and generous, vibrant fruitiness.
This one has all that in abundance, with bright purple beetroots, plums and mulberries on the nose. On palate it is vibrant and juicy, with scents of wild herbs and lavender. It has a super framework of dry tannins and a great line of acidity to balance. Very good length on the aftertaste, suggesting potential to age or lay it down until at least 2020.
Needs to either be served with something hearty: a stew of oxtail or lamb and potatoes.